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Razer released the 15.6-inch Blade in May 2018 as an update to their Razer Blade series of thin gaming laptops. The 2018 model was the first revision to feature a 15.6-inch screen with the option to choose between a 60 Hz or 144 Hz refresh rate. The 2018 Blade retained the black aluminum design of its predecessors, but used smaller bezels around the screen.
This laptop includes an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia 1060 or 1070 graphics card. The device comes with 16 GB of memory, but you can upgrade to 32 GB. The memory and the M.2 SSD are easily replaceable along with the battery and the Wi-Fi card. All the repairs/upgrades are simple once you use a Torx T5 screwdriver to open the back case.
In October of the same year, Razer released a “base model“ of the 2018 Blade and renamed the earlier version to the “advanced model.“ The base model is slightly thicker than the advanced model, features traditional copper heatpipes instead of a vapor chamber, and is limited to a 60 Hz display. Despite these changes, the processor and graphics performance is similar between the models according to a review from NotebookCheck (this review also gives extensive details and images of the differences between each model). Finally, the base model received an internal hard drive to supplement the small SSD at the cost of a smaller battery to make room inside.
You can identify your Razer Blade by looking on the bottom for the model number. Use this page on the Razer Support website to find the matching laptop. The Razer Blade (2018) has model number RZ09-02705 for the base model and RZ09-02385 or RZ09-02386 for the advanced models.
- Intel Core i7 8750H
- Base speed: 2.2 GHz
- Boost speed: 4.1 GHz
- 16 GB SODIMM DDR4 (supports up to 32 GB)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q with 6 GB VRAM
- or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q with 8 GB VRAM (advanced model only)
- 15.6 inches
- 1920x1080 IPS display at 60 Hz or (advanced model only) 144 Hz
- or 3840x2160 (4K) touchscreen (advanced model only)
- SSD: 128 GB (base model only), 256 GB, or 512 GB (advanced model only)
- HDD: 1 TB or 2 TB (base model only)
- Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port
- Three USB-A 3.0 ports
- Gigabit Ethernet port (base model only)
- HDMI port
- Mini DisplayPort
- 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack
- AC power barrel jack
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Razer Chroma backlight